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What does it mean for the federal government to “recognize” same sex marriage?

Same sex wedding

As expected, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same sex marriages performed in the latest 6 states to get marriage equality. Now, the federal government recognizes (there’s that word again) such marriages performed in all 32 states (and DC) which currently have marriage equality [shown in blue in the map]. “Samesex marriage in USA” by Lokal_Profil – Vector

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: Free Legal Defense When Charged With Serious Crime

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: If you are charged with a serious crime, and cannot afford an attorney, the government must provide you with a defense attorney free of charge. 1U.S. Constitution, 6th amendment; Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963); Argersinger v. Hamlin, 407 U.S. 25 (1972) More specifically, this means low-income people cannot be put in jail without being provided an attorney (usually a “public

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